UNICEF to campaign for curbing communicable disease problem in UP

UNICEF to campaign for curbing communicable disease problem in UP

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Gonda, Jun 29 : The United Nations emergency food and healthcare wing -- UNICEF is all set to conduct the Second Special Communicable Disease Control and a door-to-door campaign to put an effective control on maternal-infant mortality rate in districts like Gonda, Balrampur, Bahraich and Shravasti of the Devi Patan division of Uttar Pradesh.
The programme will also ensure the health of children under the National Health Mission from July 1 to July 31.
In a media workshop on Saturday here, UNICEF's Regional co-ordinator Satish Kumar, in the presence of Commissioner Mahendra Kumar, said that during the drive, 'Asha bahus,' Aanganwadi and health activists will be a part of door-to-door campaign wherein they will seek information about the health of children up to 15 years of age.
He said that this door-to-door campaign will be run in 12 districts, including Lucknow, Hardoi, Lakhimpur Kheri, Rae Bareli, Sitapur, Unnao, Gonda, Bahraich, Shravasti, Balrampur and Barabanki of the Devi Patan division.
Additional Health Director of the Devi Patan division Dr Ratan Kumar said that there have only been three cases of Japanese Encephalitis in the division, two of them being reported from Gonda and one in Bahraich who are being treated.
Apart from this, 34 cases of AES, the group of fatal and serious diseases like Typhoid, Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, have come to light. Of these, 8 cases from Gonda, 11 from Balrampur, three from Shravasti and 12 cases from Bahraich have been reported.
Mr Kumar said that two kids, who were suffering from AES have died this year.
UNICEF Media co-ordinator Geetali said that 38 districts of the state have been affected from JE, out of which, 617 villages of seven districts of Gorakhpur and Basti divisions were found to be extremely sensitive.
Ms Geetali said that Asha bahus, Anganwadi activists and health activists will be rewarded by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for excellent work in the drive. She also said that 96 JE centers will be set up in the district. (UNI)